Syngenta to hold its first "whole crop agronomy open day" at PGRO's base in Peterborough

Growers are invited to the first "whole crop agronomy open day" next Tuesday (June 15) at Syngenta's new vegetable demonstration plot hosted by Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) at its headquarters in Thornhaugh, near Peterborough.

Production systems for a range of brassica, allium and lettuce varieties will be on display at the site - which is sponsored by the combined strength of Syngenta Seeds and Crop Protection, in association with Yara Fertilisers.

Syngenta speciality crops manager Bruce McKenzie said: "Historically, trials sites that just show the end result in the autumn have often failed to give sufficient insight and value for growers to make practical in-season decisions. The new demonstration site is unique in giving open access for growers to see ‘whole crop' production systems demonstrated in the field right through the season, with the chance to talk direct to specialists from [Syngenta] Seeds and Crop Protection."

Salvador Potter, chief executive of PGRO, added: "At a time when there are so many exciting developments in vegetable crop agronomy, combined with the demands from retailers and consumers calling for ever greater quality within tough production protocols and cost constraints, it's crucial that growers get the chance to see first hand just what is available and how they can put the innovation into practice on their own farms."

He added: "The vegetable industry needs to integrate innovation from among the new varieties, along with sustainable agronomy and fertiliser programmes that can help growers adapt to changing legislative obligations."

Included in the demonstration plots will be new Syngenta varieties of broccoli and lettuce, along with bulb onion varieties Wellington, Vision and Napoleon; leeks will include Delmas, Dixon and Levis. Syngenta brassica varieties demonstrated include Brussels sprouts Abacus, Maximus and Titus — plus cauliflowers Raleigh, Clapton and Darwin.

Agronomy options on demonstration now and in the future include fungicide programmes using Amistar, Amistar Top, Folio Gold, Fubol Gold, Switch and new Olympus.

Defy herbicide programmes and pest control options on demonstration include Hallmark Zeon, Dovetail, Agrimec, Plenum and seed treatment combinations. a new Syngenta herbicide and insecticide will also be included in the crop programmes — subject to approval.

Growers can register on-line at or email:

More open days are taking place in the autumn.


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